Let’s Play YouTubers ProSyndicate and TmarTn have been revealed as the owners of a Counter-Strike gambling website, CSGO Lotto. The discovery was made by fellow YouTuber Honour the Call who found that TmarTn was the owner of the gambling website, along with ProSyndicate as Vice President. The controversy comes in once you go through the YouTubers content.
While this might not come across as big news, the controversy comes in once you go through the YouTubers content.
Both TmarTn and ProSyndicate have posted multiple videos each trying out the website CSGO Lotto. These videos involve the YouTubers winning Counter-Strike gun skins through gambling and the two YouTubers promote the website in question during the videos, neither of them disclosing that they are the owners in any of the videos. This new information is just adding fuel to the fire behind the controversy behind these Counter-Strike gambling websites.
Recently a lawsuit has been brought against Valve, accusing the company of allowing these gambling websites to spring up. These websites let players place bets using Counter-Strike weapon skins. Players are then able to trade in these skins through other websites and get real cash. The problem with this is, unlike actual gambling websites, anyone can sign up to these Counter-Strike gambling websites. Obviously, it is wrong that someone who is under age is able to get weapon skins from Counter-Strike, and then use them to participate in one of these gambling websites. Now these gamers have to deal with a few YouTubers posting dishonest content. As both TmarTn and ProSyndicate are owners of the website CSGO Lotto, it is possible for them to manipulate the website behind the scenes, making it easier for them to win bets, which in turn can make their website more appealing to use.
This dishonest practice from TmarTn and ProSyndicate could land them in hot water with YouTube. YouTube guidelines state that content creators must disclose if a video they are making is sponsored, or if the creator has any involvement in the product in question. Recently, TmarTn has updated the YouTube description of his skin betting videos, now saying the videos are sponsored and advising younger gamers not to visit. As for ProSyndictae, he has posted an apology on Twitter.
From all of this, we are seeing the ethics of YouTube crop up again. It is going to be interesting how all of this plays out and if anything is going to change.